Rickie Lambert picks his preferred England starting XI, Arsenal, Tottenham aces dropped

Rickie Lambert for England

Liverpool and Manchester United stars get the nod from Rickie Lambert instead.

Rickie Lambert for EnglandRickie Lambert for England

Two years ago Rickie Lambert was headed to the World Cup with England, after a superb campaign with Southampton.

He played just three minutes of one game as the Three Lions crashed out in the group stages, despite impressing in pre-tournament friendlies.

After an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool and a lacklustre season with West Brom, Lambert is a forgotten man where England are concerned, left out the squad and never really being in the running for a Euro 2016 place.

Instead he has been asked to name his preferred XI for the tournament by SkySports, making a couple of interesting decisions.

Two big names not to make Lambert's selected line-up were Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, and Tottenham ace Dele Alli, with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney picked instead.

England's Dele Alli in actionEngland's Dele Alli in action

England's Jack Wilshere in action with Portugal's William CarvalhoEngland's Jack Wilshere in action with Portugal's William Carvalho

The decisions are tough ones which England boss Roy Hodgson must also make, with Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney a particularly tough dilemma.

If he wants to play both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane up front then it gets particularly difficult to fit the duo in, and on form this season then Tottenham star Alli should be the first choice.

Rooney is England's record goalscorer and captain so leaving him out will not be so simple.

In central midfield Wilshere's selection would be controversial considering his lack of game time for Arsenal this season, but Jordan Henderson has also been struggling with his own injuries, and does not have a big advantage over the Gunners ace when it comes to landing a starting spot.

England's Jordan Henderson during trainingEngland's Jordan Henderson during training

What do you think of Lambert's line-up? How close is it to the team Hodgson will pick?

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